VET Student Guide 2018

VET Student Guide


Welcome to Charles Darwin University!

As the largest Vocational Education and Training (VET) provider in the Northern Territory, we invite you to explore the range of courses we have on offer. These courses offer relevant and practical training that will help you enter or progress within the workforce with confidence and equip you with the skills you need to respond to the shifting demands of work.

CDU has over 22,000 students enrolled in VET, Higher Education and Research, spread across eight campuses and centres in the Northern Territory, as well as Melbourne and Sydney. As one of a handful of universities in the country that provides both Higher Education and VET courses, CDU believes that every learner should be offered alternative ways to access education and to acquire universal skills, qualities and understandings.

This guide provides the information you need to become a CDU student, including information on enrolment processes. It will help you access the services that we provide for students. We look forward to receiving your application and hope you will take opportunity to stay connected to CDU over the long term.

Who needs this guide?

The 2018 VET Student Guide is for anyone who is interested in completing a VET qualification or unit at CDU. Student outcomes and student experience motivates our planning and our practice. We adapt educational design, learning and teaching practices and student support, working in partnership with students to help them achieve their goals and aspirations. We do this because we recognise that our skilled and knowledgeable graduates will shape the future.

Under the Northern Territory Education Act, to study a VET course, you must be 17 years of age at the time of enrolment unless:

  1. You have completed year 10 of High School and have NT Department of Education (DoE) approval to undertake full-time work or an approved full-time training program. For more information visit the Northern Territory Government's Learn or Earn.
  2. You are enrolled as a school student. If you are enrolled as a school student, you may undertake VET training under the conditions relating to VET for Secondary Students below.

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

CDU make available a variety of VET programs to school students from years 9,10 11 & 12.

Each year the VET programs that are made available to school students are determined in conjuntion with the NT Department of Education (DoE). VET programs that are not included in the VSS offerings are generally not available for access by school students.

Special entry requirements must be met for students less than 15 years of age and CDU will not accept students that are younger than 13 years of age.

  • Students must be enrolled at school in years 9,10, 11 or 12 and be 15 years of age at the time of enrolling in any CDU program.

- Consideration is made to allow some year 9 and 10 students that are as young as 13 years at the time of enrolment, to access 'Skill Set' programs or full certificate programs that do not exceed certificate level 1. However, the following shall apply:

- Underage students will have a letter of support provided by the School Principal to attached to the CDU enrolment form.

- Secondary Schools will comply with the CDU Children on Campus policy, which requires the Secondary School to provide an adult supervisor to accompany the underage student(s) [students younger than 15 years] for the duration of time spent on a CDU campus.

  • All VSS students must complete a DoE compliant VSS 'Expression of Interest Form'. This form provides the parent/guardian and school student to participate in an Adult Training environment.

Children on CDU Campuses

As a post compulsory education provider, CDU’s policy regarding children on CDU campuses or centres requires any child under the age of 15 years to be accompanied by a responsible adult such as a parent/guardian or a staff member from the child’s school.

Courses available at CDU in 2018

CDU is the largest training provider in the Northern Territory. We deliver courses across eight campuses and centres and more than 150 urban, regional and remote locations.

We provide accredited training in job-related and technical skills. We are constantly reviewing and improving our courses, and we consult with industry and businesses regularly to match out training with their needs.

Our delivery of VET courses is flexible and varies according to demand, location and circumstances. There are full-time, part-time, mixed mode and online study options available depending on the course. VET for Secondary Students (VSS) programs and some courses are available only under apprenticeship conditions. The most up-to-date list of courses is available on our CDU online course catalogue.

International students who are student visa holders must undertake CRICOS approved courses. The most up-to date list of courses is available on our CDU Office of International Services course listing.

Information on legislation, regulations and standards applicable to CDU students

During your studies at CDU, various Government legislation, regulations and standards may apply to your studies. You can review the full list on the CDU Governance Document Library.

NT Training Entitlement Provider

The NT Training Entitlement program was a successful scheme that provided access to a government subsidised place for Territorians in a VET certificate level III or higher qualification. The scheme ended in 2018 and will contine to support existing students through to 2019.

Enrolling in Diploma or higher level courses

If you are enrolling in a Diploma or higher level course, you will have to meet the entry level requirements for the course. For more information contact your industry team Customer Service Officer.